Crosby’s Commitment to the Community
Crosby has a commitment to the communities where we work. This is a specific pledge to hire a substantial number of local employees on our projects and to contract for services with local businesses and community groups when possible.
For the Kentucky Recovery Project, 50% of Crosby staff were tornado survivors. For the Louisiana project, 80% of the staff were displaced by Hurricane Ida. Crosby engages with community organizations at all levels to work cooperatively with them while achieving our project goals.
Crosby Preparedness, Security, Relief, Recovery, Restoration, Revitalization
Crosby provides expertise in handling any challenges created by a disaster event and maintains leading-edge services in all six areas of community recovery: Preparedness, Security, Relief, Recovery, Restoration and Revitalization.
Preparedness. A community that has experienced a major disaster recovers in 6 stages, beginning with preparedness. This includes comprehensive advance planning, extensive communications, training, and security assessment.
Preparing for a disaster begins with assessment of public buildings and structures, extensive public education and retrofitting of all public buildings and spaces that do not meet the highest standards for natural disasters.
Cooperation of community members is an essential part of preparedness because it assures that community members are well informed about the community’s plans and are prepared to respond rapidly if the community should ever experience a major disaster.
Security. Immediately after a disaster, law enforcement and other public safety organizations often require additional support to maintain order and public safety. Most communities benefit from hiring an experienced security service early in recovery so relief efforts can proceed with safety and efficiency throughout the disaster recovery process.
Relief. The relief stage occurs immediately after a disaster. It begins with the massive clearing up that must be completed before serious recovery activities can begin and assessing the facilities and services available during the extensive rebuilding period.
Perhaps the most critical activity at this stage is the rescue of the many people directly affected by the disaster, identification of those who require short-or long-term housing and other support services as well as preparations for their short- and long-term security, housing, and safety.
Recovery. Recovery is the transitional stage between the immediate actions required after the event and lays the groundwork for restoring the community to it re-disaster conditions. This requires full assessment of the damage and the necessary physical repairs and modifications necessary. At this stage, the community also must determine how to best support the families and individuals who have been significantly affected by the disaster.
Restoration. Restoration involves rebuilding and reconstructing individual buildings and the community. Restoration is more than rebuilding and replacing buildings and public spaces. Many people’s lives are completely disrupted in a disaster. Community members may need long-term housing and jobs. Children need safe spaces, schools and childcare.
Revitalization. Revitalization occurs when community activities return to their pre-disaster level and when community members are once again leading active engaging lives. Simply restoring the physical environment of a community is the beginning of revitalization. Revitalization also depends on building relationships and support within the community while the community is recovering as well as rebuilding the community economy and business environment.